HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 c478W
Dr. Tony Wright

To ask the President of the Council how many amendments to legislation made in the House of Lords were(a) approved and (b) rejected by this House in the 1997–98 session; and how many of each were Government amendments. [67607]

Mrs. Beckett

In the 1997–98 session, the House of Commons considered 1,685 amendments made by the House of Lords to bills originating in this House. This House agreed to 1,615 of these amendments (four with amendments of its own) and disagreed to 70. To give precise statistics as to how many of each were Government amendments would incur a disproportionate cost. However, the House of Lords Public Bill Sessional Statistics for Session 1997–98 is a document which is in the public domain. This contains information concerning Government defeats in the House of Lords, stating in each case whether these were subsequently reversed by the House of Commons.